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Recount confirms United Conservatives won in tight Calgary election race

Last Updated May 15, 2019 at 10:28 am MDT

UCP MLA Devinder Toor stands outside an Elections Alberta office before the April 16th election (Credit - Devinder Toor/Twitter)

CALGARY – A ballot recount has confirmed that the United Conservative Party candidate received the most votes in a tight Alberta election race in Calgary, but by a slightly slimmer margin.

The first count had the UCP’s Devinder Toor winning the Calgary-Falconridge seat by just 96 votes.

The NDP contender, Parmeet Singh Boparai, asked for a judicial recount because the margin was so slim.

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Drew Westwater, Alberta’s deputy chief electoral officer, says the recount determined that 91 votes were cast for Toor of the UCP, five less than originally recorded.

The numbers were certified by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michele Hollins, who oversaw the recount in a Calgary courtroom on Tuesday.

Elections officials painstakingly counted several boxes full of ballots by hand while the candidates and their lawyers looked on.